The liberal blogosphere is hitting its stride today. No, I’m not talking about the “A-List” bloggers. They shot their wads in 2008. No one goes there anymore.
Here’s a round up of some posts worth reading and one that deserves a dope slap:
1.) Anglachel’s back! And she’s got some great posts from sunny California where Governor Moonbeam is taking on Meg “the Whore” Whitman. Some juicy nuggets from Unforced Errors include:
Given that Hillary wiped the floor with The Precious in California in the primary back then and given the high proportion of female Democratic office holders, party functionaries and voters in California, you’d think Gov. Moonbeam would have the sense God gave geese and be very certain not to allow a breath of anything in or around his campaign that would hint of sexism or misogyny. That he and his staffers do not “get it” is the political problem. There is also the strategic problem that they have shut down attention to Whitman’s Arianna Huffington-esque “nanny problem”that was keeping her on the defensive.
It also follows on the heels of Jerry making an ass of himself by attacking Bill Clinton after a series of clever ads by Whitman, with Moonbeam offering rude and crude comments about the Lewinsky mess. Big Dog had to come in and save Jerry’s ass as well as showing the fool how an expert handles these things. Bill just smiled and thanked Whitman for bringing him back to the attention of the California electorate – with special thanks for bringing such a young and good looking version of himself back – and exclaimed about how popular he was and how much people were talking about him now, which forced a comparison between the peace and prosperity of his administration and the Republican mess that followed. He made the target of his attack the Republican record, not Jerry Brown’s petulance over a decades old loss.
Further, the use of the term whore (sorry, I won’t call it “the w-word”) wasn’t an outburst in the midst of a heated debate, but calmly put forth as a deliberate strategic move. How anyone could think that publicly calling a female opponent a whore could be a winning or advantageous strategy boggles the imagination.
Wow! Jerry Brown dissed the Big Dawg after all he’s done for him?! I guess no good deed goes unpunished. Stunning. Go read it and the other posts she’s written lately. They are a things of beauty. (Er, but skip her posts on gadgets. Them she doesn’t do so well.)
2.) Ian Welsh has a call to arms for the left in Repudiating Liberalism or Obama. You can’t serve two masters and as Peter Daou wrote yesterday, “If you stand up for your principles, you may lose the election but keep your principles; if you ditch your principles, you’ll lose both”. Like us, Ian saw the writing on the wall early and tried to persuade the blogosphere to get tough with Obama. Like us, he was martyred for it (though I think we’re still feeling the effects of the flaying while Ian is being rehabilitated. Go figure…):
If Obama was seen as liberal, and his policies then failed, liberalism would be discredited. It must be made clear, starting as soon as possible, that he was not a liberal and that liberals and progressives repudiated him. A few people doing it in 2010, mostly half-heartedly, when he had already been seen to fail, simply looks like rats deserting a sinking ship, as it did when conservatives in 2007 started saying Bush wasn’t actually a conservative.
I lost that argument. Frankly, opinion leaders aren’t willing to take those risks. They saw that Obama was popular with the base, that everyone was still in “hope without reason” mode, and even when they agreed (and some did) that his policies were a failure, that he’d betray unions, that he was going to be a disaster on civil rights, they wouldn’t do it. “The audience isn’t there yet.”
The art of opinion leadership had become “see where the mob is going, get out in front and pretend you lead them there.”
So be it.
What is done is done. What needs to be done is this. The liberal wing of the Democratic party must be SEEN to take out Obama. There must be a primary challenge. If there is not, liberalism will be discredited for at least a decade, time America cannot afford, since liberal solutions work and conservative solutions, whether pushed by right wing Dems or Republicans, don’t.
Are you a liberal first, or a Democrat? You can’t be both
Basically, Obama is taking down liberalism. He crippled the left in 2008 with the help of “male graduate student syndrome” (courtesy Anglachel) and the “sports illustrated swimsuit models with PhDs in architecture”, self proclaimed “creative class”, perpetually clueless idiots who rejected Hillary Clinton because they wanted a woman but not THAT woman. You get the point. Those guys are still out there. They still run the party and they are still clueless. Ian, even if they got a clue and turned on Obama, it’s kind of too late for them. They’ve lost any credibility they once had. By the way, Will Bunch will be accusing you of racism any second now.
We need a new left and so far, we’re having trouble getting our act together. Still, the post is a good one and every word is true. The left needs to distance itself from the horse it rode in on.
And here’s the Dope Slap
3.) BTD is featuring Kevin Drum and Matt Yglesias in a post titled Making Excuses: HAMP vs. HOLC. By the way, why aren’t there any women writing for money in prestigious journals? I almost expect to hear “It is written!” in a Monty Pythonesque falsetto. But I digress.
Kevin and Matt make the lame ass argument that poor widdle Obama couldn’t have done more than the destructive and useless HAMP program because regular Americans didn’t want to see their neighbors get a break. BTD answers:
Interesting how the bank bailouts went through and bank friendly policies have been followed by the Obama Administration despite their unpopularity but homeowner friendly policies were just too tough politically no? FTR, I support and supported TARP, but not the no strings TARP that was executed by the Obama Administration (in my view the saved banks should have been required to own up to their losses, engage in mortgage modifications and generally loosen credit. Just as this was no time for fiscal restraint, it was no time to tighten credit.)
In the end, what was the best political move for the Obama Administration in the first hundred days? The answer seems obvious to me – enact and execute policies that would do the most to lift the economy. That simply didn’t happen. The best example is the egregiously bad HAMP policy. The problem with HAMP was similar to that the entire Obama Administration policy towards the banks has- a dependence on the banks themselves. HAMP did not and will not work because in order for it to work, the banks must take a hit voluntarily. They will never do that.
There was no political reason, none whatsoever, that instead of HAMP, the Obama Administration did not instead create a new HOLC. The Obama Administration, guided by the bumbling incompetent Tim Geithner, chose to coddle the banks instead.
Drum and Yglesias’ excuse making for this failure is utter nonsense.
Yes, BTD, the excuses are twaddle. But what excuse do you have for rejecting Hillary, except that she wasn’t the Media Darling? Take a look at this interview she did with Maria Baritoromo during the primary season. (and take note of how Baritoromo is short, snippy and impatient with Clinton. Hillary deserved more respect than this but this is a stunning reminder of what she and we put up with):
Hillary and Obama were not the same. They didn’t have the same policy goals. We could see it. BTD needs a dope slap to see it too. Oh, but he’ll make some cynical, jaded remark about how all politicians are the same and they’ll all let you down in the end. Know what? I would have gladly taken that risk with Clinton. She was prescient. Obama acted like he didn’t have a care in the world and he governs that way.
As Ian says, bring on Obama’s primary challenger. Preferably someone who is willing to stick to principle, come hell or high water.
So, sports fans, what have you found in your trip around the web?
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